Purpose: To recognize the contributions and achievements of all Americans to the American Culture and to increase awareness, mutual respect, and understanding.
■Ethnic observances are designed to enhance cross-cultural awareness and promote harmony among all military members, their families and the civilian work force.
■These activities are the extensions of the equal opportunity education and training objectives.
■They are set aside annually to recognize the achievements and contributions made by members of specific racial of ethnic groups in our society.
■The focus of the observances should be directed towards encouraging interaction and not just recognition.
Martin Luther King, Jr. - January
1929 Born on January 15, in Atlanta, Georgia to the Reverend Martin Luther King of Ebenezer Baptist Church and Alberta Williams King, a former school teacher.
1948 Received B.A. Degree from Morehouse College, Atlanta. Attended Crozer Theological Seminary.
1953 Married the former Coretta Scott, a graduate voice student at the New England Conservatory of Music.1954 Accepted pastorate of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
1955 Received Ph.D. in Theology from Boston University. Assumed leadership of Negro boycott of segregated city buses.
1957 Organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
1960 Became Co-Pastor with his father in Atlanta.
1963 Led protest for integrated public accommodation and employment in Birmingham, Alabama. Delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.
1964 Received the Nobel Peace Prize for nonviolent civil rights efforts. U.S. Civil Rights Act passed.
1965 Led Voter registration drive in Selma, Alabama. Climaxed the march from Selma to the state capital in Montgomery. U.S. Voting Rights Act passed.
1966 Joined the Chicago campaign on housing, schools, and employment.
1967 Joined protest movement against U.S. war policy in Vietnam.
1968 Fatally shot in Memphis, Tennessee, April 4th, while supporting the sanitation workers’ strike. Poor people’s campaign began April 22, in Washington, D.C.
1986 Marked the beginning of the official National Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
African American History Month - February
African American History Month, February of each year, is dedicated to individuals like Dr. Charles Drew, Henry O'Flipper, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglas, Gen. Colin Powell, and countless other African Americans that either struggled to end slavery, fight to gain equal civil rights for all Americans or contributed to America through their intelligence, landmark inventions, pioneering developments in medicine, agricultural development, and literature. Take time to learn "America's" History!
Women's History Month - March
Did you know that there are almost two million women veterans? From the American Revolution to Operation Allied Force around Kosovo, women have served in some way in every conflict. Not that they were legal in the early days. History tells us that thirty three thousand women served in World War One and almost 500,000 took part in World War Two. During the Korean era 120,000 women were in uniform and seven thousand were deployed in theater during Viet Nam. During Desert Storm seven per cent of the total U.S. forces deployed were women - over forty thousand of them. So on these pages you will find the history and accomplishments of those women who have served this country - voluntarily - since it's beginning.
Days of Remembrance - Last Sunday in April to First Sunday in May
Following World War II, many of the Holocaust survivors, after being forced to leave Europe, relocated to the United States and made it their new Homeland. Our goal today is to educate Soldiers, their family members, DOD Civilians and the local community on the history of the Holocaust.
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month - May
Held during the month of May, Asian/Pacific Islander Month is dedicated to celebrating the cultures of Polynesian, Micronesian, Melanesian, Koreans, Asian-Indians, Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians and all the cultures that make up our Asian/Pacific Islander Americans.
Women's Equality Day - August 26
Women's Equality Day is celebrated each year on August 26. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, which gave women the right to vote. This occasion recognizes the continuing efforts toward full equality for women
National Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15
The Latino influence is an evident part of the living and changing American culture. Whether it's in the area of food, music, arts, sciences, humanities, or business and trade, cultural change is occurring rapidly. Building on the best of what each has to offer presents tremendous challenges and opportunities. Strengths can come out of differences if we learn how to work with one another. As history shows, culture and nation building are not static processes, but are ever-changing, dynamic and living processes.
National Native American Heritage Month - November
The Native American contributions to the development of America, as we know it today, have to be some of the greatest in American history. If not for the Native Americans, European settlers would have surely perished in the New World. With a legacy for giving all animals, man included, an equally valuable place in life, Native American History is a proud part of American history that current American values are made of